Date: Tue, 22 Sep 2009 07:58:34 +0800
Local: Tues, Sep 22 2009 7:58 am
Subject: Re: The Bizzare Behaviour of some Singaporeans
What is so difficult to explain ?
Unlike ordinary Germans, Singaporean workers do not have any social welfare
benefits and therefore need to work like a dog in order to maintain the
Singapore is not welfare state, there is no social market economy or so call
A Singaporean worker have no work union protection. There's no minimum
salary in Singapore. Salary keep falling further and further in Singapore. A
worker here do not have 6 week paid holidays, there is no unemployment
benefits if you are layoff, there is no generous housing allowance for
married couples,, no 2 years maternity leave, no generous healthcare
insurance, no pension after 55, no free medicines, no free university
education, etc, etc. And we cannot come to work drunk like some German
We Singaporean are constantly being threaten with job loss and lower
standard of living.
Under this sort of "fear" , how can we relax ?
German companies are very lucky to exploit Singaporean workers because our
cost is 3 times cheaper and our productivity is 40% higher because in
Germany you can't tell workers to change shift or sack workers or do
anything without consulting their unions.
Why do you German companies are moving to Poland or China or Russia ?
Who would want to work like a dog if they are so generous paid (minimum wage
US$25/hr) like the Germans ?
"truth" wrote in message
> - observations made by a German national who has lived in
> Singapore for 9 years.
> 44 years of economic and material success have spawned some
> very strange behaviours among Singaporeans. They spent so much to buy a
> house or flat, furnished it up like a palace, but spent their time
> outside, most of the time at work. And the maids are the ones enjoying the
> million-dollar or multi-million-dollar assets.
> Then they pay so much, the highest in the world, for a car only
> to park at home. Too expensive to drive, too many ERPs and car park
> charges to pay. And they are encouraged to park their cars at home and
> take public transport, being cheaper and more convenient.
> And when Singaporeans travel, instead of seeing the places,
> they went shopping. The best part is that they would head for the cheapest
> bargains, buying stuff that they could get in Chinatown or pasar malam, at
> even cheaper prices. But they are still happy that they got a bargain.
> And while the heartlanders are busy trying to make a life here,
> being told to bust off if they are not happy, which they could not, the
> rich and presumably very happy and contented citizens are buying up
> properties overseas just in case they need to make that escape from this
> While many Singaporeans are thinking of jumping ship, or
> preparing to jump ship, hoards of new immigrants are rushing in to take
> their place in this paradise.
> And to top it all up, they keep complaining about the govt and
> all the policies that they found unpalatable, but come every election,
> they will vote and return the govt to power.
> Strange Singaporean behaviour